Performance rumour: expect guerilla actions

Opening night at 7a*11d featured a “bonus” performance. Could there be more unscheduled performances in the works? This enigmatic announcement started appearing on the wire services on Friday…

Just out of her woodblock print
CEO at the Gladstone; The Superwoman Project
Wednesday, Oct. 29, ’08, after eight

“An independent action performed in tandem with 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.”

Bored with fashion week? Crying over crashing stocks? Addicted to Spankwire? CEO is one of four sex fantasy suits of the superhero and prostitute, Superwoman. Cunty Cowboy CEO says, “Look out Motherfucker, I’ll shoot you in the pants.” She is your dream and hers – in the elevator or stairwell, at the end of the hallway, over the boardroom table… until she’s had it… then she is just a jiggly secretary, bowing and bobbing, and curling up under the strain. CEO is a wannabe porn star who can’t get past the coffee table. Come and watch her go down at Toronto’s oldest and artiest boarding house, The Gladstone Hotel.

Mainly, I want to know how women find freedom within the controls of their lives? But also: How do women move and work? What is the role of romance, mythology and fantasy in the quest for personal and collective freedom? How do we participate in our suffering – how are we complicit and how do we take responsibility? Everywhere, I observe the hyperactive efforts of women to succeed at everything, their endurance, and perpetual guilt. I wonder about the attraction to transgression and masochism, and the politics of desire.

Leanne Lloyd is an interdisciplinary artist from Regina, SK. She has shown and performed her work in Canada and abroad.

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